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Approval for L.A. stadium could take longer than expected

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As the powers-that-be in Los Angeles try to muscle a mega-stadium into the downtown area, a rare bit of bad news has emerged.

Rich Connell of the Los Angeles Times reports that final approvals from City Hall could take up to a year.  Per Connell, that’s “considerably longer” than the developer, AEG, had hoped.

Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller provided an estimate that pegs the approval in roughly a year.  Though AEG had hoped to move more quickly, AEG has opted for diplomacy.  “We believe that the timeline described by Gerry Miller is appropriate and we are continuing to move forward with the project,” AEG said in a statement.  “We look forward to an open and transparent process.”

More accurately, AEG looks forward to getting it done, sooner rather than later.  But AEG realizes that later is better than not at all, so they’re apparently opting for patience, when patience is required.

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33 Responses to “Approval for L.A. stadium could take longer than expected”
  1. cincinnasti says: Apr 15, 2011 8:27 PM

    Apparently AEG knows that the window of opportunity for getting the Vikings or the Chargers will close quick if they begin the process of financing stadiums.. My guess is the Chargers to L.A. when it’s all said and done..

  2. jimmysee says: Apr 15, 2011 8:35 PM

    This is playing out a lot like “Chinatown,” written by Robert Towne.

    I expect Jake Gettes to discover that Noah Cross is behind the delays.

    “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.”

  3. metalhead65 says: Apr 15, 2011 9:10 PM

    so in other words there is no great rush to get a team there as you and the league want everyone to believe. either that or they are waiting for more bribe money before they move on it.

  4. sabeybaby says: Apr 15, 2011 9:21 PM

    Here we go LA Vikings here we go!

  5. Deb says: Apr 15, 2011 9:37 PM

    Excellent. Goodell has fawned over L.A. stadium investors, virtually promising them a team while doing nothing to help the Vikes secure a stadium deal so they can stay in Minnesota. Hope he chokes on this news :)

  6. ggeden says: Apr 15, 2011 9:42 PM

    I’d rather see expansion teams than re-locations.

    The whole CFL merged into the NFL (with the NFL incorporating some of their rules), into their own division, plus LA, and some other hot-spot regions in the USA.

  7. evolmonkey says: Apr 15, 2011 9:53 PM

    I’m glad to hear this because I’m pulling for the City of Industry location. I hate driving to the staples center and I’m only 30 minutes away. Plus the City of Industry will have much better parking and tailgating than the LA location. I’ve also heard the project is shovel ready so the sooner the NFL gets this CBA done the sooner we can get the Chargers playing in their new stadium!

  8. ar1888 says: Apr 15, 2011 11:40 PM

    Looks like you have at least 2 more seasons of seats covered with tarps Jacksonville.

  9. rajbais says: Apr 16, 2011 12:30 AM

    It’s only gonna take longer because L.A. has no team(s) … oh yeah and that thing called money!!!

  10. norcalraider510 says: Apr 16, 2011 12:50 AM

    i dont like this l.a thing, most of the football fans in l.a are either raider or charger fans. so why take away a team from there fans?IMO l.a should just stay away from the nfl and vice versa

  11. pixelogre says: Apr 16, 2011 1:01 AM

    Agreed evolmonkey, as pretty as the downtown one looks it would be terrible.

    Traffic and parking will be horrible…are they really going to be able to keep the Dodgers, Kings, Lakers, Clippers, and the football team all from overlapping in the fall? It would be insanity down there.

    Tailgating would be almost non-existent. With all the nice SoCal weather…ooo fun times stuck in the parking garages.

    Even though the City of Industry is farther away for me I like it better. Get an actual game day experience.

  12. wkinsomnia says: Apr 16, 2011 2:52 AM

    I’m a huge Bears fan, as I am from Chicago…and as much as I hate the Vikings and their fans, the NFL needs to stay the ‘F’ away from that Franchise and their location. The NFC North is the ONLY Division in the NFL where all four teams states are connected and in close-vacinity. It makes seeing an inner-divisional game very possible for fans of any of the four teams. Don’t go and ruin that…

  13. thetooloftools says: Apr 16, 2011 4:28 AM

    “Build it, and they still won’t come”.
    Signed
    The Rams & Raiders

  14. zoxitic says: Apr 16, 2011 8:58 AM

    Los Angeles has proven over and over that they do not support football. Keep repeating the same mistake.

  15. zoxitic says: Apr 16, 2011 10:11 AM

    Los Angeles Patriots

  16. blaz0037 says: Apr 16, 2011 10:39 AM

    Giants, Dodgers, Angels, Athletics, Raiders, 49ers, Chargers, Warriors, Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Kings, Ducks, Sharks.

    California is a disgrace.

  17. blaz0037 says: Apr 16, 2011 10:49 AM

    14 teams not enough?

  18. recon163 says: Apr 16, 2011 11:28 AM

    @blaz0037:

    “Giants, Dodgers, Angels, Athletics, Raiders, 49ers, Chargers, Warriors, Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Kings, Ducks, Sharks. California is a disgrace.”

    What is disgraceful about that? As Wiki notes: “California is the most populous sub-national entity in North America. If it were an independent country, California would rank 34th in population in the world. Its population is one third larger than that of the next largest state, Texas.”

    Big place, lots of people, if you want more sports teams in your state, have more people move in.

  19. recon163 says: Apr 16, 2011 11:32 AM

    @ zoxitic:

    “Los Angeles has proven over and over that they do not support football. Keep repeating the same mistake.”

    If by not supporting you mean that we are unwilling to give billionaires taxpayers money to build stadiums where they can charge us exorbitant amounts of money in order to make millions, then yes we do not support that.

  20. upperdecker19 says: Apr 16, 2011 11:33 AM

    Guess they need a year to hire “Dodger Stadium style” security.

  21. kennyzed88 says: Apr 16, 2011 11:33 AM

    i love that the crack pft team realized they hadn’t tagged the bills on a story in a week and decided that this is the first news-worthy story associated with the franchise in that time. nevermind all the excitment and speculation surrounding their highest draft pick in over a decade

  22. recon163 says: Apr 16, 2011 11:34 AM

    @ thetooloftools:

    “Build it, and they still won’t come”.
    Signed
    The Rams & Raiders

    But you left because it wasn’t built. So how would you know?

    signed
    Southern California Tax Payers

  23. recon163 says: Apr 16, 2011 11:38 AM

    For the Swamp People:

    “Excellent. Goodell has fawned over L.A. stadium investors, virtually promising them a team while doing nothing to help the Vikes secure a stadium deal so they can stay in Minnesota.”

    Your ignorance shines through again……

    NFL’s Goodell To Make Stadium Pitch For Vikings
    December 7, 2010 6:54 PM
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be in town a couple of weeks for the Vikings-Bears game where he is expected to make a stadium pitch.

    Goodell will make the pitch to the Minnesota Business Partnership, which is made up of the CEOs of Minnesota’s largest companies.

    Goodell: Vikings stadium needs to get done
    September 3rd, 2009 – 5:03 PM by Judd Zulgad

    “We have a franchise that is owned by someone that really cares about the Minneapolis community [and] wants to get something done that is responsible,” Goodell said. “We understand the challenges that exist not only in that market but more broadly in how to finance these projects. But it is something that we need to get done because the Vikings belong in Minnesota and I know the ownership feels that and the public leadership feels that.

    Gov.-Elect Dayton Meets With NFL Commissioner
    December 20, 2010 7:41 PM
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requested a meeting earlier in the day with Minnesota Gov.-elect Mark Dayton regarding the team’s drive for a new stadium.

  24. Deb says: Apr 16, 2011 12:38 PM

    @recon163 …

    Not a swamp person, honey–if that’s a Gator reference. If you want to call me out, use my name so I’ll be more likely to see it.

    I’m impressed … you’ve actually clobbered me with facts. That’s rare.

    My apologies to the Commissioner. Thank you for the correction.

  25. recon163 says: Apr 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    @ Deb:

    “I’m impressed … you’ve actually clobbered me with facts. That’s rare.”

    Happens every time.

  26. Deb says: Apr 16, 2011 1:50 PM

    @recon163 …

    I meant it’s rare for the boys on PFT.

    It’s a first for you.

    Graciously accepting a compliment is clearly not in your skill set, is it?

  27. minnesomalia says: Apr 17, 2011 2:58 PM

    The Viking bill will not pass………….

  28. minnesomalia says: Apr 17, 2011 3:45 PM

    Giants, Dodgers, Angels, Athletics, Raiders, 49ers, Chargers, Warriors, Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Kings, Ducks, Sharks.

    California is a disgrace.

    Don’t forget the Vikings…….

  29. seewise says: Apr 18, 2011 9:47 PM

    get your own team when the time comes. duh?

  30. seewise says: Apr 18, 2011 9:51 PM

    take minneso out of your name you douche>

  31. harloeisdead says: Apr 20, 2011 2:07 AM

    ar1888,

    A quick Google search could go a long way toward informing you about why the tarps are on seats in Jacksonville, and maybe… just maybe… you may look like you have the slightest inkling as to what you’re talking about.

  32. brewdogg says: Apr 20, 2011 6:17 PM

    recon163 says:
    Apr 16, 2011 11:28 AM
    @blaz0037:

    “Giants, Dodgers, Angels, Athletics, Raiders, 49ers, Chargers, Warriors, Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Kings, Ducks, Sharks. California is a disgrace.”

    What is disgraceful about that? As Wiki notes: “California is the most populous sub-national entity in North America. If it were an independent country, California would rank 34th in population in the world. Its population is one third larger than that of the next largest state, Texas.
    ———————————————

    Yeah…. Proud of that, are you? Let’s reveiw a little background into that….

    34th sounds good. Yup, pretty impressive…. Just ahead of Canada, Algeria, Morocco, Uganda, and Iraq.

    Bangledesh, despite having 1/3 of the land area as California, is home to 4 times as many people. Doesn’t mean I’d want to own a football team there……

    Speaking of land area, it definitely has an influence on the population. California is third largest in area behind Alaska and Texas. Which leads to population density…

    California is 11th in the nation in population density, behind such superpowered states as Rhode Island and Delaware, and just ahead of Illinois.

    California is also broke, despite the highest GSP in the nation and the tenth highest per capita GSP. (although Alaska and Wyoming have higher per capita GSPs….) Which is odd, considering the $1.6 TRILLION in tax revenue the state brings in….. Of course, the 12.5% unemployment rate could have something to do with it, too.

    What were we talking about? Oh yeah. How great California is……

  33. recon163 says: Apr 26, 2011 12:01 AM

    brewdogg says: Apr 20, 2011 6:17 PM
    “Yeah…. Proud of that, are you? Let’s reveiw a little background into that….”

    Sure am proud. And you are from where again? Why don’t you let us know or are you ashamed?

    “Bangledesh, despite having 1/3 of the land area as California, is home to 4 times as many people. Doesn’t mean I’d want to own a football team there……”

    Ah but Bangledeshis don’t have the economic power of the world’s 8th largest economy now do they? So what is your point here?

    All those people and all that discretionary spending money means a great sports market. So that means we get teams that other markets just don’t have the folks to support. How do I know this? Easy, by looking at all the sports teams located in my state.

    Owners want to make money so they will take the team where they can. Sorry if your hometown doesn’t qualify as a market.

    “California is 11th in the nation in population density, behind such superpowered states as Rhode Island and Delaware, and just ahead of Illinois.”

    Sorry that we are so big. Not sure why that is an issue for you but ok. And what does that stat mean anyway? Are you arguing that sports teams should be based on population density?

    “California is also broke, despite the highest GSP in the nation and the tenth highest per capita GSP.”

    At the present State government is indeed broke. Will it stay that way forever? No. And when it recovers, we will have two additional NFL teams to take advantage of all those loose entertainment dollars in people’s pockets. As you noted we have money.

    “What were we talking about? Oh yeah. How great California is……”

    It is and thank you for acknowledging it. But let’s hear about your home state, that is where again?

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